Devastated by the loss of the fishing industry, the folks of the small Newfoundland village of Big Running gradually abandoned their homes to find work elsewhere. The Connors, however, have hung on, trying to wait for the cod to return to their waters. Our Homesick Songs is a beautiful tale of tradition, the power of songs, and mythic family stories. Loved it.
The above paragraph is from a short mention I made of this book on my other blog, and I intended to write a longer review here, but really, that paragraph encapsulates my feelings.
The writing style is a little unusual, but it doesn't take long to adjust and become part of the story. Hooper's style works beautifully, almost melodically. The characters are wonderful--all of them, but Finn and Cora are especially inspiring for their faith in a future they go about working for in different ways.
I savored the experience of reading this magical and ultimately hopeful tale of a vanishing way of life and the struggles to hold on. It is one of my favorite books this year.
Read in May; blog review scheduled for July 31.
NetGalley/Simon & Schuster
Literary Fiction. August 14, 2018. Print length: 336 pages.